April 12, 2010

The Justice Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Mexico’s lower house, finished working on a bill that would increase the criminal penalties for kidnapping, but would not include capital punishment. Instituting capital punishment for those...

April 7, 2010

On Monday April 5, the United States Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) urged Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Commission (Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Cofetel), to take action against a company often accused of monopolistic...

April 7, 2010

On Monday, April 5, President Calderón presented to the Chamber of Deputies a 10-point proposal that targets monopolies, trusts, and other anti-competitive business in Mexico. The President stated that this legislation would help make Mexico more...

April 5, 2010

The criminal organization known as the Zetas used to be the enforcement wing of the Gulf Cartel, a powerful drug trafficking organization. The Zetas were mostly former Mexican military trained by the US in counter-insurgency tactics, but went on to...

April 2, 2010

A 10-year-old Mayan girl has become the center of a controversy regarding abortion under exigent circumstances in Mexico, where the procedure is more restricted than in the United States. The District Attorney's Office of the state of Quintana Roo...

April 1, 2010

for decreasing crime and the start of a progressive devolution of major public security functions back to civilian law enforcement agencies (namely the municipal and state police). Transferring official responsibility for this to the Federal...

March 31, 2010

On Saturday the 27, military intelligence officials detained the leader of Los Zetas of Cancún, Erick Alejandro Martínez Lopez, alias el Motokles, at the Mexico City airport. The National Defense Secretariat (La Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional...

March 31, 2010

Yesterday morning the municipal police of Morelos found the bodies of six individuals who were murdered in two separate occasions. Authorities stated that the bodies were found in different areas of Morelos. Four bodies were found at the southern...

March 30, 2010

The Justice in Mexico Project collaborated with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on this article from the Washington Post.   In Mexico last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lamented the "cycle of violence and crime...

March 29, 2010

For a more in-depth look and follow up on many of the stories that appear on the blog and other news in Mexico, check out the Justice in Mexico Project's full monthly report for March 2010. Some highlights include: *  Cartel violence up...